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Dates of entrance examinations

Click here for the dates of the entrance examinations

 

Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam

Entrance Exams

Students should be well-prepared for the exam; it is not possible to take a re-examination. 

Please note: adjusted audition procedure due to Covid-19
This year the entrance examinations at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam will take place in a different format due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The adjusted audition procedure will ensure that everyone who wishes to audition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, will be able to do so. Click on the department of your choice for more information. The closing dates for sending in you application plus recordings can be found here

This year the entrance examinations of the Classical and Early Music Departments will be held online and will consist of three rounds:
1. Video recordings
2. Theory test 
3. Interview

Candidates whose level in the first round meets the entry requirements will proceed to the next two rounds. 

Video recordings

Audition candidates are asked to send in weblinks to their video recordings, uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo. On the website of your instrument you will find the requested repertoire. Please see the list below for a link to your instrument.
Please make sure that the videos are recorded from a static perspective, showing hands and face, and that each work or opus is recorded in a separate video. Please be aware that cuts between movements of a sonata or cycle are not allowed. 
You can put the weblinks to your video recordings in the application form. Results for this round will be communicated between mid March and the end of March
The deadline to apply and send in your video recordings is February, 1 2021.

Theory test (March 15th - 28th, 2021) - not applicable for master cadidates
The theoretical part of the entrance examination will be held online. Below you will find more information on the exam format.

Interview (March 18th - April 2nd, 2021)
An interview by video call will be conducted between you, one of the teachers of the department and the head of the department. The interview will give you and the department the chance to meet each other and to discuss relevant topics. 

The application form can be found here; and the deadline to apply is February 1st, 2021. After your application is received you will be sent additional information on the application process.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cva-studadmin@ahk.nl and we will be happy to assist you.

This applies to all principal subjects:

Candidates from abroad, EU as well as non-EU countries
* preselection by means of (a link to) a recording to be uploaded in the application form
* the entrance exam will be held online. Below you will find more information on the exam format.

Candidates from the Netherlands
* preselection by means of (a link to) a recording to be uploaded in the application form
* the entrance exam will be held at the CvA

Bachelor Entrance Exam

The exam consist of two parts (please note: Classical and Early Music candidates will take the exam parts on two consecutive days):

1. A practical part for all candidates

Aptitude and suitability are tested with reference to the principal study. Candidates perform a programme of approximately 20 minutes' duration. Programme details are to be submitted beforehand. For full details of the entrance requirements for each principal study, please see the principal subject of your choice below. 

2. Theoretical part for candidates for the preparatory course and all bachelor candidates 

The theory entrance exam of 2021 follows the format of the traditional theory entrance exam as much as possible. The traditional theory entrance exam has three parts: a written ear-training test, a written general music theory test and an oral solfege test. This year the ear training test and the solfege test will be combined into one extended oral of approximately 25 minutes. The general music theory test is taken separately. You do this test individually, after the oral.

In the overviews below you can see exactly how the theory entrance exam will be changed this year compared to the traditional theory entrance exam. Regardless of the changes, it is still highly recommended to use the practice material below to prepare for the exam.

Ear training test (traditionally written; 2021: oral)
questiontraditional procedurechanges in 2021
determining a final tone determine the final tone of a given melody in terms of 1 - 7 no changes
melodic dictation write down a melody which is played on the piano listen to a melody and sing it in front of the committee, name the notes and/or sing the note names (any system is acceptable)
rhythmic dictation write down a spoken rhythm listen to a rhythm and speak it in front of the committee, answer some questions about the rhythm
two-part dictation write down two parts which are played simultaneously on the piano sing both parts in front of the committee, name the notes and/or sing the note names (any system is acceptable)
recognizing a wrong note find the wrong note in melody which is played on the piano and correct the mistake no changes
recognizing triads determine the final chord of a chord progression which is played on the piano (notate the type and position) no changes
Solfege test (traditionally: oral; 2021: oral)
questiontraditional procedurechanges in 2021
sight-singing sing a melody without piano accompaniment no changes
perform a rhythm perform a rhythm no changes, but we ask you to speak the rhythm
song sing a melody with piano accompaniment this part is cancelled
General music theory test (traditionally: written; 2021: written)

The general music theory test is taken separately from the ear training/solfege test. You do it individually, online. You will receive a link to the test after you have taken the oral theory entrance exam. The type of questions is the same as in the traditional general music theory test, although the format of the test may differ slightly.

Theory example tests

These examples tests give you an indication of the theory entrance exam. You can use the example tests to practice.

Example of the classical theory entrance exam:

Example of the jazz theory entrance exam:

Assessment

During the entrance examination candidates will be tested for level of repertoire, technical skills, artistic abilities, development possibilities, ear tests and musical hearing.  If one of these aspects is considered insufficient, the candidate will fail.

N.B. In order to get an impression of the theoretical part of the exam, please view the theoretical test on this page.

Result

The examination result of the practical part is communicated to the candidate directly after the practical part. The result can be 'admissible to the principal subject' or 'rejected from the principal subject'. The board of directors (not the exam committee), will make the final decisions regarding the admissions. In addition to the results of the practical and theoretical exams (and for foreign candidates their command of the English language), the number of student places available per section will be taken into account. As soon as possible after the entrance exams the candidates will be informed if they will be admitted or not. During the summer holidays all admitted candidates will receive information on the start of the study year, the introduction day and the payment of the tuition fee.

Master Entrance Exam

The master entrance exam consists of a practical exam only. The admission requirements can be found on the page of the principal subject of your choice, see below:

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Dates of entrance examinations

Click here for the dates of the entrance examinations

 

Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam